Base for a Cross, Copper alloy: leaded medium-tin bronze with a significant trace of zinc, Byzantine

Base for a Cross

11th century
Made in Constantinople or Asia Minor (probably)
Copper alloy: leaded medium-tin bronze with a significant trace of zinc
Overall: 10 1/2 x 1 15/16 x 1 15/16 in. (26.7 x 4.9 x 4.9 cm)
Metalwork-Copper alloy
Credit Line:
Purchase, Max Falk, Alastair B. Martin, Stephen Scher, and William Kelly Simpson Gifts, in honor of William D. Wixom, 1993
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 303
[ Ariadne Galleries, New York (sold 1993)]
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